Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

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Q: How do I get on without looking as if I am currying favour? I like my boss, and feel we're on the same wavelength, but I feel that the rest of the team resent our professional relationship. I am keen to take on more responsibility but not sure how to go about it.

A: You seem, if I may say so, to be just a little bit confused. Getting on, and being given greater responsibility, shouldn't be dependent on any special relationship that you might have with your boss; and certainly not on any special relationship that was apparent to others. I can't imagine what sort of behaviour you're contemplating that might be construed as currying favour but I don't believe it to be necessary.

It's good that you like your boss - and I assume he or she likes you But liking doesn't have to be aggressively overt, does it? And you don't always have to be the first to volunteer for weekend work, or the one who laughs loudest. …

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